President Obama has had a long week. His party suffered a resounding defeat in the midterm elections, resulting in the loss of the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and close call in the Senate. To top it off, he had to deal with "60 Minutes," waiting for him in the Oval Office with a long list of questions in hand.Continue Reading »
Her name is Zenyatta, and people who don't follow horse-racing have probably never heard of her. But for someone like Michelle Boniface, Zenyatta is a hero.
Twenty three-year-old Michelle Boniface grew up on a horse farm in Maryland, and horse-racing expertise is three generations deep in her family. Today, Michelle is a broadcast associate here at "60 Minutes," which means she has an entry-level job. But when "60 Minutes" decided to profile Zenyatta back in October, Michelle suddenly found herself on her first shoot, helping veteran producers and correspondent Bob Simon understand Zenyatta, and how special a horse she really is.Continue Reading »
There is no city in the world like Jerusalem, the intersection for three of the world's great religions. Christians believe Jesus worshipped and taught in Jerusalem and was later crucified there. For Muslims, it is home to both the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. Jews consider it to be their ancient capital, first conquered by King David, 3,000 years ago.Continue Reading »
In Steve Kroft's "60 Minutes" report on high-frequency trading, you heard how most stock trades in the U.S. are no longer made by humans, but by computers capable of buying and selling stocks at warp speed.
High-frequency trading played a supporting role in the mini market crash last spring that saw the Dow Jones industrial average plunge 600 points in 15 minutes, and yet most people know very little about this type of high-speed automated trading.Continue Reading »
We all saw news coverage about the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Now watch it in an entirely different light, through the lens of "60 Minutes" cameraman Chris Albert. Shooting with his Canon 5D, Albert hopped a ride with helicopters protecting the last combat brigade to leave Iraq. The men and women of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division made their three-day road trip to Kuwait, which the soldiers call "K-crossing," at a cruising speed of 45 mph and traveling mostly at night for safety.Continue Reading »
The NFL doesn't have a more admired poster boy than New Orleans Saints' quarterback Drew Brees. So, "60 Minutes"' Steve Kroft went looking for dirt -- to see whether Drew lived up to the hype.
It was only when Kroft sat down with Drew's teammates Jonathan Vilma and Jeremy Shockey that we first got wind of "Breezy's" reputation as a bit of a "sore loser." Here's an excerpt from that interview: Continue Reading »
Tyree Bacon is a court officer for the State Courts of New York. He was stationed at 100 Centre Street, ten blocks from the World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001.
In this video, Bacon tells his story of what happened that day.
Robert Weisberg is an accountant and a longtime volunteer firefighter who worked a block away from the World Trade Center. Weisberg was on his way to work when the first plane hit.
Carol Paukner is a former New York City Transit Police Officer. On September 11th she was assigned to the Broadway/Nassau subway station, which is about a block away from the World Trade Center.
She received the NYPD Medal of Valor, in recognition of an extraordinary act of courage without regard for personal safety.
Alex Nikulin was a 16-year-old senior at Bronx Science on September 11th. Watching events unfold at home, he decided he needed to help. The next day, he made his way down to Manhattan where he volunteered for the Salvation Army and was asked to unload supplies at Ground Zero.